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Indians Vs. Athletics: Cleveland Opens Series With 4-3 Win Over Oakland

Cleveland Indians third baseman Jack Hannahan came up big from the bottom of the order, knocking in three runs as the Indians beat the Oakland Athletics 4-3 in the first game of the weekend series between the teams.

Hannahan's game-changing moment came in the fourth inning when he broke a 1-1 tie with a double to left field that scored Travis Hafner and Shelley Duncan. One inning later, right-fielder Shin-Soo Choo singled to score Jason Kipnis with what would be the game winning run. The Indians chased Oakland pitcher Graham Godfrey from the game after five innings, handing the right-hander his third loss of the season.

Ubaldo Jimenez earned the win on the mound for Cleveland, moving his record to 2-0 on the season after giving up two runs and six hits through six innings. The win was the sixth in seven games for the Indians (7-5) as they keep pace with Detroit and Chicago in the American League Central Division.

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